EXPLORE COCHIN (KOCHI), MUNNAR, THEKKADY, KUMARAKOM, ALAPPUZHA, & CHERAI

 
 
 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International flight (RT) NY to Kerala

  • Accommodations

  • All transport & transfers in AC vehicles

  • Arrival & departure transfer service

  • Daily yoga with yoga guru, Krishna Kumar

  • Daily Ayurveda lectures by Dr. N. Marballi

  • Crash course on Vedic Astrology

  • Charity Initiative at a school or orphanage

  • Sightseeing tours & activities as per the itinerary

  • Services of a local tour leader & specialist local guides

  • Lectures on Kerala, Ayurveda, Yoga & Spirituality 

  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary 

  • Interaction with a spiritual leader

  • 1-day cruise with lunch on the houseboat

  • All taxes

 

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Visa fees

  • Goods & Services Tax

  • Travel insurance

  • Health insurance

  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary

  • Personal expenses

  • Massages

  • Camera & video fees

  • Entrance fees to sightseeing locations

  • Any other items not mentioned above

 

DETAILS

 

Escape for a 14-day spiritual Ayurveda retreat in beautiful Kerala, “God’s own country.” This green strip of land with a wealth of natural bounties, situated on the southwest coast of India, is surrounded by the Arabian Sea to the west and the Western Ghats to the east. Its unique topography offers sprawling green plantations and paddy fields, spices and herbs gardens exotic wildlife, alluring waterfalls, tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters dotted with coconut palms, breathtaking hill stations, and long stretches of sunbaked pristine beaches. Enjoy four to five-star hotels, planned sightseeing, captivating cultural art forms, and historical monuments. Immerse yourself in Kerala’s culture, soaking in the unique surroundings, trying local delicious cuisine and seeing the natural landscapes.

As the birthplace of Ayurveda, Kerala is also one of India’s most progressive states in terms of social welfare and quality of life. This time-tested system of Indian medicine is practiced with the utmost dedication in Kerala. In Ayurveda, health is achieved by maintaining the perfect balance between body, mind, and spirit; harmonizing the chakras is an integral part of this balance, as they correspond to specific organs within the physical body and to energetic centers in the subtle body. This retreat will give you deep insight into the body’s wellbeing and its connection with nature.  Ayurveda also believes that the human being is a miniature of the universe, containing the wisdom of billions of cells; in this way, each chakra can also be connected to and healed by specific herbs and their medicinal properties. Discover Ayurvedic herbs and plants, an integral part of the Ayurvedic treatment process and explore various other tools you need to maintain health such as massage, yoga, and meditation at the heart of where it all began.

 

DEPARTURE FROM NY: FEB 9, 2018                                     

RETURN TO NY: FEB 24, 2018

 

PRICE PER PERSON: $3,600.00

DURATION: 14 Days

 

PASSPORT: Required

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel, Double Occupancy

 

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1

FEB 11 WELCOME TO COCHIN (KOCHI) & TRANSFER TO HOTEL

 

  • Arrival in Cochin, you’ll be met by one of the local staff, who will transfer you to your hotel. Check-in, unpack, unwind, and acclimate.

  • Overnight:  Hotel in Cochin

  • Meals: Breakfast

 

 

DAY 2

FEB 12 ORIENTATION & SIGHTSEEING IN COCHIN (KOCHI)

 

  • Checkout from the hotel after breakfast followed by orientation and a half-day exploration of historic Kochi. Follow the footprint left centuries ago by Dutch, Portuguese, British, Arab and Chinese and soak up the cultural atmosphere as you stroll along the quaint narrow lanes of Fort Cochin to visit the Dutch Palace, St. Francis Church and India’s oldest Jewish Synagogue in Jew Town. Later head to the harbor where local fishermen use the old Chinese fishing nets introduced and erected centuries ago.  

  • After lunch (not included in the package) head to Munnar, a beautiful hill station surrounded by Anamalai Hills. This hill station 1600 meters above sea level offers spectacular views of manicured tea plantations, picturesque towns, and winding lanes. Arrive in Munnar in the evening and check in at the resort.

  • Overnight: Hotel in Munnar

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

 

 

DAY 3

FEB 13 YOGA CLASS, AYURVEDA LECTURES & EXCURSION TO TEA ESTATES

 

  • Early morning daily yoga followed by breakfast.  Dr. Naina Marballi will give lectures on Ayurveda. If time permits, enjoy various activities at the resort, including a massage, sunbathing, and swimming or relax.  After a light lunch, explore the sprawling tea plantations and tea museum, pristine valleys, and mountains. Return to the hotel to enjoy leisure activities offered by the resort.

  • Overnight: Hotel in Munnar

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

DAY 4

FEB 14 YOGA CLASS, AYURVEDA LECTURES & HALF DAY EXCURSION TO MUNNAR

 

  • Early morning daily yoga followed by breakfast. Dr. Naina Marballi will give lectures on Ayurveda. If time permits, enjoy various activities at the resort including a massage, sunbathing, and swimming or relax. After light lunch proceeds to Shrishti Initiative by TATA. Shrishti is a welfare center for the physically challenged people. See the art of natural dyeing techniques natural color dyeing units including block printing, tie, and dye, batik work, handmade paper units, confectionary units as well learn about the developmental activities in rehabilitation and Tata tea wives welfare association in Munnar. Return to the hotel to enjoy leisure activities offered by the resort.

  • Overnight: Hotel in Munnar

  • Meals: Breakfast, Ayurvedic lunch, and dinner

 

DAY 5

FEB 15 SPICE PLANTATION TOUR & KALARIPAYATTU

 

  • Today after breakfast, head to Periyar.  Stop for an escorted tour of an Ayurveda hospital followed by lunch. Arrive in Periyar and check in at the hotel. After lunch head to one of the spice plantations, this area is famous for. Learn about the many different uses of spices in food and medicine. See Kalaripayattu, the traditional martial arts performance at the local center. Kalaripayattu is said to be 3,000 years old.

  • Overnight: Hotel in Periyar

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

DAY 6

FEB 16 YOGA, AYURVEDA LECTURE, YOGA LECTURE & KATHAKALI

 

  • Early morning daily yoga followed by breakfast. Dr. Naina Marballi will give lectures on Ayurveda. If time permits, enjoy the various activities at the resort including a massage, sunbathing, and swimming or relax. After a light lunch, proceed to boat on the lake. Return to the hotel to enjoy leisure activities offered by the resort. Attend a lecture on yoga and head in the evening to Kathakali.

  • Overnight: Hotel in Periyar

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

DAY 7

FEB 17 YOGA, AYURVEDA LECTURE, TEA FACTORY VISIT, SUNSET CRUISE & AYURVEDA LECTURE

 

  • Early morning daily yoga followed by breakfast. En route for Kumarakom. Stop at a tea factory at Vandiperiyar. Arrive and check in at the resort. Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on Vembanad Lake on the banks of serene palm-fringed backwaters. In the evening, embark on a sunset cruise. Return to hotel and relax after a lecture on Ayurveda.

  • Overnight: Hotel in Kumarakom

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

 

DAY 8

FEB 18 KUMARAKOM

 

  • Early morning daily yoga followed by breakfast. Dr. Naina Marballi will give lectures on Ayurveda. If time permits, enjoy various activities at the resort including a massage, sunbathing and swimming or relax. After a light lunch, head to Kumarakom, one of the favorite tourist villages in Kerala. The Kumarakom bird sanctuary is well frequented by nature lovers and photographers. Return to resort to enjoy leisure activities offered by the resort.

  • Overnight: Hotel in Kumarakom

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

DAY 9

FEB 19 KUMARAKOM

 

  • Early morning daily yoga followed by breakfast. Dr. Naina Marballi will give lectures on Ayurveda. If time permits, enjoy various activities at the resort including a massage, sunbathing and swimming or relax. After lunch tour Village Life Experience, a responsible tourism initiative. The village people are more traditional and add a definitive cultural dimension. These people follow ancient traditions and live their lives according to a prescribed pattern. Return to hotel to enjoy leisure activities offered by the resort.

  • Overnight: Hotel in Kumarakom

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

DAY 10

FEB 20 YOGA, AYURVEDA LECTURE & SIGHTSEEING ON KERALA HOUSEBOAT

 

  • Early morning daily yoga followed by breakfast. Dr. Naina Marballi will give lectures on Ayurveda. Later head to the houseboat. Check-in at noon. Embark on an enchanting 5-hour cruise along the backwaters of Karela. Relax and lay back while you navigate through the tranquil canals. It’s a wonderful opportunity to discover Kerala’s rural lifestyle. You’ll see that Kerala is known for cashew nuts, coir trade, rice, pepper crops and coconut. Enjoy lunch and snacks. Return in the evening. Back at the resort; enjoy leisure activities offered by the resort.

  • Overnight: Hotel in Kumarakom

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch (Kerala cuisine)

 

DAY 11

FEB 21 LECTURE ON SPIRITUALITY

 

  • Checkout of the hotel after breakfast. Head to Alappuzha (Alleppey) the oldest backwater town of Kerala. It’s known for its beaches, temples, boat races, and Ayurvedic spa and wellness centers.  This place is famous for its numerous rivers crisscrossing the sea and is home to many canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons. Check in hotel in Cherai. Swim and or sunset walk on white sandy beaches and enjoy the facilities at the resort. Cherai is a perfect blend of the sea and the backwaters. Enjoy water sports activities like water scooters, speed boats, snorkeling, and canoe ride.

  • Overnight: Hotel in Cherai

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

 

DAY 12

FEB 22 YOGA, AYURVEDA LECTURE & SIGHTSEEING AT TRIVANDRUM

 

  • Early morning daily yoga followed by breakfast. Dr. Naina Marballi will give lectures on Ayurveda. If time permits, enjoy various activities at the resort, including a massage, sunbathing and swimming or relax. After a light lunch, head to Trivandrum for a half day excursion. The capital city of Kerala and the largest.  Trivandrum is a historic city with several historic structures, parks, museums, and tourist centers and palaces. It’s also famous for its distinctive greenery.

  • Overnight: Hotel in Cherai

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

DAY 13

FEB 23 YOGA, AYURVEDA LECTURE, ACTIVITIES AT THE RESORT

 

  • Early morning daily yoga followed by breakfast. Dr. Naina Marballi will give lectures on Ayurveda. If time permits, enjoy various activities at the resort, including a massage, sunbathing and swimming or relax. After a light lunch, beach time.

  • Overnight: Hotel in Cherai

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

DAY 14

FEB 24 TRANSFER TO AIRPORT IN COCHIN (KOCHI)

 

  • Breakfast then transfer to the airport.

  • Meal: Breakfast

 
 

ENROLLMENT FORM & PAYMENT PLANS

Price: $3,600

 

To enroll in the payment plan you must complete the online application form and pay a one-time non-refundable registration fee of $300.

 

Payment options after the $300 enrollment fee:

  • Payment in full $3,600 ($300 enrollment fee included)

  • The payment must be completed by January 23, 2018.

 

IMPORTANT:

  • When you use a credit or debit card there is a non-refundable processing fee of 3% that will be added to your payment

  • Please note that if you pay with a debit card, you are responsible to have the funds available in your bank account for each scheduled payment.

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